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Nutritional and Orthomolecular

This is a folder about alternatives to the conventional mental health system that involve supplements, vitamins, nutrients, orthomolecular approaches, herbs., etc.

Article "Bridging Between Alternatives: Notes Toward a Unity of Mind, Body & Spirit."
MindFreedom member Sue Westwind explores the intersection between what are typically called "nutritional" or "orthomolecular" and a wholistic approach to mental and emotional recovery.
Article Putting Nutrition First
Rather than utilizing non-toxic natural treatments, adult drugs used in children and even toddlers may often contribute to drug induced malnutrition, according to National Health Federation board member Richard A Kunin, MD. He notes, for example, that many drugs and chemicals bind to carnitine, which thereby displaces fatty acids. He suggests that carnitine deficiency must be considered in all sick patients, especially those on valproic acid, aspirin, NSAIDs, tranquilizers (both phenothiazines and benzodiazepines), antibiotics, and cancer chemotherapy agents .
Article "Depression and mental disorders can be prevented and treated with simple healing foods"
More scientific evidence for the healing effects of good nutrition: A study has found that omega-3 fatty acids and foods high in uridine reduce the symptoms of depression as well as, or better than, three different antidepressant drugs.
Article An Interview with Martin J. Walker
"Dirty Medicine" author Martin Walker talks about the codex alimentarius, the profit-driven bias of 'pharmascience', the commissioning and planting of deceptive news stories, the character assassination of alternative practitioners and researchers, and the dark political practices of the pharmaceutical cartel.
Article 'Nutritional medicine' best for brain disorders
A member of MindFreedom Oregon had a letter to the editor published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times in Oregon, USA about his preference for nutritional medicine over psychiatric medication. Feel free to forward, author responsible for content:
Link Safe Harbor Alternatives in Mental Health
Safe Harbor, a sponsor group of MindFreedom International, offers this extensive web site focusing on alternatives to the conventional mental health system that focus on nutritional, orthomolecular, etc. approaches. Or as Safe Harbor puts it on their web site, "Commonly these people find that underlying their 'mental' disorders are medical problems, allergies, toxic conditions, nutritional imbalances, poor diets, lack of exercise, or other treatable physical conditions."
Link An article about value of Vitamin E for the neurological performance in aging mice.
This is a downloadable PDF of a 36-page scientific article entitled, "Vitamin E at high doses improves survival, neurological performance and brain mitochondrial function in aging male mice" published in 2005 by the American Physiological Society. Article says Vitamin E at high doses improves survival, neurological performance, andbrain mitochondrial function in aging male.
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Laura Delano - Psychiatric survivor blogger activist

Laura works as a peer specialist in the traditional mental health system and writes a blog at madinamerica.com, where she is sharing her story of recovery from psychiatry. After living with psychiatric labels for 13 years and taking psychotropic medications for ten of them, Laura says she found liberation in 2010 from her psychiatric diagnoses, from her reliance upon the mental health system, and from the once deep-seated belief that she was sentenced to a life-long "mental illness." Laura says, "I am proud to be a member of the MindFreedom International community for all MFI does to promote equality, justice, and civil rights for people who have been labeled 'mentally ill.'" (See 'Related Content' links below for link to Mad In America web site where Laura's blogs.)
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